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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By : Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva
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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By: Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva

Overview of this book

Implementing authentication and authorization for applications can be a daunting experience, often leaving them exposed to security vulnerabilities. Keycloak is an open-source solution for identity management and access management for modern applications, which can make a world of difference if you learn how to use it. Keycloak, helping you get started with using it and securing your applications. Complete with hands-on tutorials, best practices, and self-assessment questions, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to secure a sample application and then move on to securing different application types. As you progress, you will understand how to configure and manage Keycloak as well as how to leverage some of its more advanced capabilities. Finally, you'll gain insights into securely using Keycloak in production. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to install and manage Keycloak as well as how to secure new and existing applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Keycloak
Section 2: Securing Applications with Keycloak
Section 3: Configuring and Managing Keycloak
Section 4: Security Considerations

Understanding how to log in to the application

In the previous chapter, covering how to get started with Keycloak, you learned how to run Keycloak, as well as how to create your first realm. Prior to continuing this section, you should have Keycloak running with the realm created as covered in the previous chapter. In summary, what you require before continuing is the following:

  • Keycloak up and running
  • A realm named myrealm
  • A global role named myrole
  • A user with the preceding role

Before an application can log in with Keycloak, it has to be registered as a client with Keycloak.

Before registering the frontend, let's see what happens if an unregistered application tries to authenticate with Keycloak. Open http://localhost:8000 and then click on the Login button.

You will see an error page from Keycloak with the message Client not found. This error is telling you that the application is not registered with Keycloak.

To register the frontend with...